Today, on my run, I was stuck at a fairly busy intersection for close to 5 minutes. Normally, when I have to stop and wait to cross the street I check on my kids in the stroller, tuck in blankets, redistribute snacks, wipe noses, remind Leona again to keep her feet on her side... you get the idea. This morning, however, I only had Jonny with me and he was asleep... nothing to do there. I like to have something that I "have to do" at intersections because otherwise I don't know what to do. Should I jog in place, pretending like there is some sort of treadmill hooked up to the back of the stroller? I see lots of people doing that and (with enough forethought to realize I'm going to offend someone... sorry) I have to admit I usually laugh secretly to myself, unless I'm in my car, then I might actually laugh out loud. I'm sorry, but running in place on a street corner just looks goofy. I'm sure there are excellent reasons to do it, but I'm too prideful to give it a try. I don't want people (mean people like me) secretly laughing at me.
That being said, I feel super self-conscious when waiting to cross the street... like everyone is staring at me and I don't know what to do. Today, I checked on Jonny (twice, even though I could clearly see through the window he was sleeping), stretched my calves a bit (small, simple stretches that wouldn't draw much attention), had some water, checked the time, checked my pace, considered sending my mom a text (it was a really looooong light), avoided eye contact with all the drivers waiting for their lights, stretched some more and still felt like I was standing there naked (which considering it is August and I could have comfortably been naked I was surprisingly well dressed). Anyway, this all brings me to the reason of this post, which is to find out what I should be doing at stop lights... or should I just avoid them all together?
What do you do when faced with a "don't walk" sign? Do, you run in place (promise I won't make fun of you), check your watch, do jumping jacks/sit ups/push ups, chat up the pedestrians or do you merely stare at the ground hoping nobody will recognize you? Maybe you're cooler than all of that and you don't bother stopping but merely consider red lights a chance to work on your speed as you dodge through traffic pretending the angry sounding horns and shouts are merely your fans cheering you on. Or, if you're really lucky the only running you do is through beautiful rolling countrysides and pristine sandy beaches.